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07/03/2020: TECH(K)NOW Day London | TECH(K)NOW

TECH(K)NOW Day londonWelcome to the 6th TECH(K)NOW Day London! Join Women in Tech and Women in Startups on Saturday, March 07, from 9am to 5pm.

TECH(K)NOW DAY has been organised to provide a place and venue for anyone who identifies as a woman to go and learn new tech skills (see details below).   If you are a woman in tech or a woman wanting to get into tech, then this is for you.   Back in March this year, we held another TECH(K)NOW Day around International Women's Day with the theme - #BalanceforBetter.  We will continue on with that theme this March 07!

New to TECH(K)NOW Day?

The following article from 3 attendees from the last TECH(K)NOW Day London might help >> https://blog.scottlogic.com/2019/03/27/attending-Tech(k)now-london-2019.html

Tea/Coffee/Pastries/Biscuits will be served for Breakfast (8-9am).  Lunch will also be available as well as Tea/Coffee/Biscuits for the afternoon tea break.

ARE YOU AN ALLY?

If you do not fit the profile of the target attendees for this Women in Tech event, will you be an ally and help us spread the word about this event, by forwarding a link to this page to someone in your organisation or your circle of friends/influence - who might benefit from attending?   (Or if you do fit the profile but can not make it on the day and know someone who might be interested in attending, please pass the link on.)   Thank you very much!

(Also, we have volunteering opportunities for allies (for different roles) - say coaching at workshops, helping during registration, helping spread the word about the event, etc.  Just email us at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering).

What's in store?

HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS

Throughout the day, there will be a whole range of hands-on workshops available for both -

- complete beginners (for you to explore what's out there that you could be learning and find out for yourself if coding is for you)

- experienced developers (for you to explore other technologies/languages you might currently not be familiar with, for example - machine learning, AI, graph databases, AngularJS, messaging bots and a whole range of other topics).

TALKS

There will also be separate tracks for talks, so if you are not in one of the workshops above, you can listen to interesting talks and speakers about

  • Tech topics (current and emerging)
  • Personal Development
  • Career Development
  • Diversity / Inclusivity / Unconscious Bias

We particularly want to highlight the talk on Career Development (don't miss it!), where you'll learn about

  • Salary negotiation for women (including talks about new regulations coming up on equal pay)
  • Confidently applying for a job you don’t have ALL the skills for (yet)
  • Areas you should consider developing skills in
  • Presenting yourself well in interview
  • How to get the most out of your relationship with your recruiter
  • Re entering the workforce after a break
  • Making your CV stand out

CAREER HUB / CAREER FAIR

There will be a career hub where experts will be on had to help you - if you want to have one-to-one conversations about the above career development-related topics.

STARTUP SPACE and STARTUP ADVICE SPACE
We will also be featuring a number of women-led startups (meaning the founder or one of the co-founders is a woman).    Want a free exhibition space for your startup?   Apply here >> http://www.bit.ly/techknowdayspace.

There will also be a host of companies/organisations on hand to give advice to women who already have a startup or are thinking of getting started up!

WORKSHOP and TALKS - Details to be added soon!

Here is a sample set of workshops we have offered in the past >>

All/Beginners Level
- Beginner HTML/CSS
- iOS/Swift 101
- Android 101
- Introduction to Python
- Introduction to Javascript
- Kotlin Basics: Build a Simple Standalone Sudoku Game App
- Intro to Pair Programming and Test-Driven Development
- Learn Ruby Through Music
- Wordpress Development for Beginners

For more experienced developers
- Dealing with Legacy Code (Understanding the code-, Writing a Golden Master, Writing Unit Tests and Refactoring, Introducing new Features)
- Learn GraphQL
- Microsoft Bot Framework Workshop
- Learn how to use Java Streams
- Introduction to Functional Programming in Scala
- Getting Started with WebVR - An Introduction to A-Frame
- State Management with Redux
- Deep Learning with Python
- Machine Learning on iOS
- Learn React
- Learn ReactJS
- Learn WebRTC
- Learn WebGL
- Building a Recommendation System in R
- Building AI applications using Microsoft Cognitive Services
- Building a Conversational App with the Google Assistant

Personal Development
- More Impactful Presentations with the Power of Body Language

Event details:

Date & Time: Saturday, 7 March 2020 from 09:00 to 17:00

Location: The Curtain, 45 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PT London, United Kingdom

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Stanford WiDS London Conference featured

23/03/2020: Stanford's International Women in Data Science London Conference

Stanford's International Women in Data Science London ConferenceWomen in Data Science London is hosting a one-day, technical conference that provides an opportunity to hear about the advances and research in a number of data domains. Learn how leading women in data are advancing, and connect with potential mentors in the field.

Any person is welcome to attend. The speakers are women, non-binary, or gender fluid.

Speakers this year include:

  • IBM Master Inventor, Mandy Chessell (CBE, FREng)
  • Data Engineer / Scientist / Entrepreneur, Viviane Ribeiro (CEO BI do Brasil)
  • Award Winning Tech and AI Public Policy Executive, Lucy Yu (Co-founder of The Institute for Ethical AI & Machine Learning)
  • Hannah Redler Hawes (Science and Digital Art Curator)
  • Dr. Julie Freeman (Artist, Data Scientist and Board Member of MzTek)
  • Anna Scott (Open Data Institute and Data Journalist)

Join us on LinkedIn or Meetup, as well, where you can find more information and updates, as well as network.

Sponsors include:

Digital Catapult

Skyscanner

Event details:

Date & Time: Mon, 23 March 2020, 09:30 – 18:00

Location: 76, 78 Upper Ground, IBM London, Lambeth, London, SE19PZ

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Women in Geospatial Event IWD featured

06/03/2020: Women in Geospatial Breakfast | Women in Geospatial Network

Women in Geospatial IWD breakfast

Women in Geospatial Breakfast is back in London as part of the global celebration of International Women's Day on Friday 6th March 2020.

The new Women in Geospatial Network, in partnership with AGI, Geospatial Commission & Geovation invite you to celebrate and discuss the diversity in our industry.

There will be opportunity to hear the career journeys of some of our great female leaders and innovators in the geospatial industry as well as the chance to discuss some of the challenges we as a community face in achieving gender parity in the Geospatial Industry.

It is important to note that this is not just an event for Women! This celebration and discussion is for everyone in our industry and those that want to learn a bit more about why working in the Geospatial Community is so awesome.

Whilst the event is free we do have limited space so registration is essential. We are thrilled to be holding the event in the new Geovation space at Sutton Yard, 65 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7EN.

A light breakfast of fruit, pastries, juice, tea and coffee will be provided - if you have any particular dietary requirements please contact me at [email protected] to let me know.

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STEMettes IWD event featured

07/03/2020: Meet the Stemettes at LGIM: IWD Edition | Stemettes

STEMettes International Women's Day event

Legal and General Investment Management and Stemettes invite you to a celebration of women in STEM.

Meet the Stemettes @ LGIM is a panel discussion in celebration of International Women's Day, Stemettes style!

This event is aimed at young women aged 11 and above. We’ll discuss different ways people begin their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths related careers. We’re hoping to explore apprenticeships, A-level choices, university degrees, work experience. You’ll be able to ask the panel questions, network between each other and enjoy free food!

When?

11am-2.30pm, Saturday 7th March 2020

Where?

1 Coleman St, London EC2R 5AA

Agenda

11:00-12:00 Intros and Panel

12:00-12:30 Q&A

12:30-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:30 Speed Networking

13:30-14:00 Goody Bags, Prizes and Close

Our Impressive panel will include 7 fantastic women in STEM and a Mystery Man

Keep your eyes peeled for a STEMazing line up of panellists!

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Women Driven Development AI event featured

12/03/2020: Ethical, mindful and safe use of AI | Women Driven Development

Women Driven Development AI event

Women Driven Development is excited to bring you talks centred around AI by badass women, hosted by QuantumBlack!

On Thursday 12th March join Women Driven Development at the QuantumBlack offices for an evening of lightning talks about AI. Learn about how women are using AI ethically to make the internet a safer place and the responsibilities that come with using AI.

This event is also in honour of International Women's Day so sign up now, to guarantee your place and let's tech things forward together!

Women Driven Development exists to make the tech industry more diverse and inclusive. Partnering with tech giants such as Google and Expedia, WDD hackathons have helped over 200 people to #TechItForward and build digital products and services for various charities.

We are a grassroots volunteer led organisation, run by badass women in tech, for people in tech or who want to make the jump!

We ask that event attendees to conform to the WDD Code of Conduct to ensure a safe space for everyone.

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The women in the middle: Bridging the learning gap

 

Pioneering for women in leadership has been a journey for me and it’s important to reflect on this and our own perceptions as women on how to do this as we mark International Women’s Day. 
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In my twenties I didn’t believe that we should make a distinction between women and men in the workplace and that to do so would do us, women, a disservice. I really thought that as I reached my thirties a lot of the gender inequality would iron itself out. Yet, I’ve vastly done a U-turn on that position. I really can’t believe that so much – more than I had realised – is still going on. Sexism in the workplace is endemic and it has to be called out.

Lean In and McKinsey conducted a 2016 research piece on this topic. They put the same CVs in front of recruiters with one vital difference - one has a man’s name, the other a woman’s. Sadly and unsurprisingly, the male CV would be selected to go through two interviews 60 per cent more frequently than the female CV.

There is still an old boy’s club, and it’s shocking. We talk about making sure your introverts and your extroverts at work are well looked after, but male bosses need to make sure that women are looked after - just because a woman hasn’t asked for a pay rise, does not mean that they shouldn’t be given one. We need to involve men in this fight - get them to help and understand that they have a role to play – we just can’t do it without them.

But it’s not only the men who have work to do.

We, as women, need to be conscious of our own judgments and preconceptions about established societal roles and how these play into gender bias. The reaction I received from women themselves when I went back to work was interesting to note. My husband stayed at home to help support with the children and it was other women and friends themselves that found this astonishing. Why so? I had been at home and working, with the children for such a long time, also, why were we both not given our dues? We also need to call out when women are being unfair to women - we all have a part to play to heal fractious infighting, cattiness and preconceived notions.

But how do we proactively tackle this in the workplace? We can’t just be calling each other out and pointing fingers all the time.

Learning is a key foundation on which I’ve built my career. From a holistic - as a person - point of view, women should stretch to do better and be better. Reading, learning and training play a pivotal role. From learning soft skills to learning how to improve confidence for presenting and understanding the right scenarios in which to proactively ask for pay rises. All of it has helped.

Being able to move beyond being polite to actively putting a stamp and owning our own ideas so that they won’t be attributed wrongly to men is also important. We have to know, and build up resilience in both soft and ‘hard-wired’ skills, from a firm grasp of digital skills to handling your manager. If we do, we will be in a better place to deal with the complex and changing business environments, earn, and ask for, the positions we rightly deserve.

And, we need to pass the knowledge and learning along. Mentoring younger females in the workplace is vital to helping them scale the ladder. That may start at home, in teaching a child that she can do anything she wants to do, to seeking out a female with strong potential to bring along on the journey. It may seem like an insurmountable task and just a drop in the ocean. But we all have a part to play, from galvanising the men in our lives to stop being our own worst enemy (or enemies). It won’t happen overnight, but it is still worth fighting the good fight.

About the author:

Tara O’Sullivan is the Chief Creative Officer at Skillsoft

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